SUNYLA & ALA
June always means traveling and conferencing and this year was no exception! I made my way up to the Finger Lakes in Canandaigua, NY on June 13th with a couple colleagues to attend and present at SUNYLA 2018. This is always a fun conference for me since I get to chat with, and learn from, SUNY colleagues from all over New York state. At this year's conference, Kate Kasten, Jamie Saragossi, and I presented on how SBU Libraries creates speaker-centric programming each semester. Check out our slides here!
A few days later, I was off to balmy New Orleans for ALA Annual 2018! I haven't been to ALA since 2015 so I was super excited to return this year. I got to stay with library BFFs and colleagues Meredith Powers and Laura Costello and we were able to explore New Orleans a bit before the conference began. (Authentic Louisiana bayou and real life gator below!)
The highlight of the trip was meeting library icon, legend, and wonder-woman CARLA HAYDEN, THE LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS!!!! She was there interviewing Michelle Obama (!!!!) for her new book and had time for a meet and greet post-interview. I am smiling like crazy in the picture above, unable to contain my excitement at meeting the Librarian of Congress. (P.S. she said she liked my dress!).
On Saturday, Victoria Pilato and I presented a poster on an interdisciplinary digital project collaboration we did with a faculty member in the Asian/Asian American Studies program. We enjoyed promoting this collection and talking to others about the experience we had working with a faculty member outside the library.
On Sunday I made my way over to the European Studies Research Forum to give a presentation on SBU Library's new digital collection, The Otto F. Ege Collection: Fifty Original Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts. We recently launched the website for this unique collection and we hope it inspires future researchers to piece together the mystery of these broken manuscripts! (Slides below)